How can a person choose a acoustic guitar confidently? Acoustic Guitar reviews can be a great place to look, but probably not the best place to start.
Having a good grasp on what makes a really great guitar, great is the best place to start if you are out to buy a acoustic guitar.
The sheer number of choices available to a person that wants to buy a guitar can be overwhelming.
There are hundreds of really great looking guitars out there on the market - some great, some good and allot of really not so great, choices. But most look really, very good.
I've just completed a in depth study on what goes into making a great guitar for this page and I believe it can be summed up with four main categories of quality factors.
The most outstanding example I have come across when I was researching how to do a acoustic guitar reviews that is a great example of this is the
Taylor Pallet guitar. - Made out of a old forklift pallet by Taylor guitars.
Built by Bob Taylor to demonstrate how important design and the skill of the builder is to the sound of a guitar. List price was $10,000.
Did it sound good? Yes, from the reactions of people that played it, it sounded great. They also looked really good for being made out of a pallet.
You need a guitar that has great playability. A fine guitar is a pleasure to handle and easy to play.
What makes a great guitar playable? It needs to be comfortable to hold and fit the hand of the player. The action needs to be setup for the individual also. Fretwork needs to be smooth and level with no sharp edges to eliminate any buzzing and not hurt your hands. Fretwork is expensive $80 to $150 depending on where you go.
You should try to buy acoustic guitar that sounds clear and has great range from bass to treble with pleasing and interesting overtones. Good projection of volume not only towards your audience but surrounds the player with sound. That is important because hearing yourself lets you know ow you are doing.
My first real acoustic guitar looked great but really didn't sound as good as it looked., so I took it to my guitar tech to find out why it didn't sound all that great.
I became so disgusted with it after having it evaluated by my guitar tech that I put it out in front of my house with a free sign on it. It just wasn't good enough to sound all that great.
When it comes to guitars, looks can be very misleading. A fancy looking guitar can be covering up bad craftsmanship and materials.
If you are playing for a few people without a amplifier you might need a dreadnought guitar with a big booming sound.
Top quality materials and hardware choices, such as tuners and truss rods, along with master craftsmanship are needed to create a great guitar.
Choice Solid woods are a major ingredient for producing great guitars.
What about laminates? Isn't that just plywood?
There various grades of laminates. The quality of the layers of wood and the glues used to join them make all the difference.
You will find laminates in some of the worst sounding guitars and in guitars that sound great.
Properly chosen and used by a master craftsman, laminates will produce guitars that are worthy of the best performers.
If a person can afford the best they should have the best.
For performing professionals this can be the right choice not only for sound but appearance.
For people that have other things going on in their lives like families and regular jobs, top quality guitars can be out of range.
The newer more affordable priced guitars from companies such as Martin, Taylor and Seagull, (some people would call them cheap guitars, there is nothing cheap about how they sound or their craftsmanship), have never been better.
To me its very exciting, being able to afford more than one really great sounding guitar.
New technologies, construction techniques and materials like HPL, (a wood fiber based high pressure laminate) used in the bodies of the Martin X series guitars, make a world class guitar sound available at a very reasonable price.
Major guitar factories have opened in China and other eastern countries that are producing very fine instruments.
I own a few. I am very pleased with the workmanship and sound quality.
After taking into consideration all the above criteria for a great guitar these are the guitars that I picked as choice picks.
These are not detailed acoustic guitar reviews point for point on the above criteria but I did the research and this is what I picked.
So these are the companies that I recommend as great choices for creating some of the highest quality guitars in the world.
The Martin D-28 is my favorite. Elvis Presley's D-28 was used in performances for years, The D-28 is the standard to be achieved in the sound that a full size guitar should have. Instant respect from those who know guitars.
The martin X series, especially the models made with a full body made from HPL laminate such as the
Martin X series OOOCXEBLACK, would be a great guitar for travel. Martin guitars have been to the top of Mt Everest and the North and South pole.
Made from super strong durable graphite - the same stuff they make satelites and race cars worth millions of dollars.
As I recommend to anyone who wishes to buy acoustic guitar, A skilled eye can spot anything you should contact the guitar company about. For peace of mind.
Respected guitar companies all have warranties. Peace of mind can help when you buy a acoustic guitar. You would be surprised how many people do not take advantage of them if something is wrong.
I'll have more acoustic guitar reviews as the site grows. Keep checking back.
For more in depth study I recommend the following books.
Acoustic Guitar - published by Hal leonard
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